In Pictures: Taking a hit

Published January 22, 2014
People comfort a woman whose son who was killed by unknown gunmen in Karachi, Pakistan, Tuesday, Jan. 21, 2014. – Photo by AP
People comfort a woman whose son who was killed by unknown gunmen in Karachi, Pakistan, Tuesday, Jan. 21, 2014. – Photo by AP
A Pakistani volunteer holds up an empty bullet casing at the site of a gunmen attack on health workers in Karachi on January 21, 2014. – Photo by AFP
A Pakistani volunteer holds up an empty bullet casing at the site of a gunmen attack on health workers in Karachi on January 21, 2014. – Photo by AFP
A Pakistani child receives polio vaccination drops from a medical volunteer at a school in Rawalpindi on January 21, 2014. Polio is also endemic in Afghanistan and Nigeria, but of the three countries only Pakistan saw a rise in cases from 2012 to 2013, said the global health body. – Photo by AFP
A Pakistani child receives polio vaccination drops from a medical volunteer at a school in Rawalpindi on January 21, 2014. Polio is also endemic in Afghanistan and Nigeria, but of the three countries only Pakistan saw a rise in cases from 2012 to 2013, said the global health body. – Photo by AFP
Policemen march around the caskets of their colleagues, who were killed in a bomb attack, during a funeral ceremony at the Police Line, or the police's main office, in Charsadda, on the outskirts of Peshawar January 22, 2014. – Photo by Reuters
Policemen march around the caskets of their colleagues, who were killed in a bomb attack, during a funeral ceremony at the Police Line, or the police's main office, in Charsadda, on the outskirts of Peshawar January 22, 2014. – Photo by Reuters
Police officials and relatives offer prayers for policemen, who were killed in a bomb attack, during a funeral ceremony at the Police Line, or the police's main office, in Charsadda, on the outskirts of Peshawar January 22, 2014. – Photo by Reuters
Police officials and relatives offer prayers for policemen, who were killed in a bomb attack, during a funeral ceremony at the Police Line, or the police's main office, in Charsadda, on the outskirts of Peshawar January 22, 2014. – Photo by Reuters
Pakistani health worker Mariam Jabir, 32, gives a child held by her mother a polio vaccine, while going house to house checking on children who need the vaccine, in Rawalpindi, Pakistan, Tuesday, Jan. 21, 2014. Gunmen in a pair of attacks minutes apart struck two teams of polio workers in the southern city of Karachi, killing three members of the teams and wounding a fourth before fleeing, police said.  – Photo by AP
Pakistani health worker Mariam Jabir, 32, gives a child held by her mother a polio vaccine, while going house to house checking on children who need the vaccine, in Rawalpindi, Pakistan, Tuesday, Jan. 21, 2014. Gunmen in a pair of attacks minutes apart struck two teams of polio workers in the southern city of Karachi, killing three members of the teams and wounding a fourth before fleeing, police said. – Photo by AP
Residents display empty tear gas shells fired by the police, to members of the media, during a road block protest against a search operation, after the killings of three polio vaccination workers on Tuesday, in Karachi January 22, 2014. Police arrested more than 100 suspects after three polio eradication workers, including two women, were shot dead by armed men on motorcycles during a vaccination drive on Tuesday in Qayyumabad, eastern Karachi, local media reported.  – Photo by Reuters
Residents display empty tear gas shells fired by the police, to members of the media, during a road block protest against a search operation, after the killings of three polio vaccination workers on Tuesday, in Karachi January 22, 2014. Police arrested more than 100 suspects after three polio eradication workers, including two women, were shot dead by armed men on motorcycles during a vaccination drive on Tuesday in Qayyumabad, eastern Karachi, local media reported. – Photo by Reuters
A Pakistani health worker, left gives a polio vaccine to a child, who was displaced with his family from Pakistan's tribal areas due to fighting between the Taliban and the army, in a poor neighborhood that hosts people displaced from tribal areas and Afghan refugees, on the outskirts of Islamabad, Pakistan, Wednesday, Jan. 22, 2014. – Photo by AP
A Pakistani health worker, left gives a polio vaccine to a child, who was displaced with his family from Pakistan's tribal areas due to fighting between the Taliban and the army, in a poor neighborhood that hosts people displaced from tribal areas and Afghan refugees, on the outskirts of Islamabad, Pakistan, Wednesday, Jan. 22, 2014. – Photo by AP
Relatives gather around the flag-draped casket of a policeman, who was killed in a bomb attack, during a funeral ceremony at the Police Line, or the police's main office, in Charsadda, on the outskirts of Peshawar January 22, 2014. At least seven people were killed and nine others were injured in the explosion near a police mobile van in Sardheri Bazaar in Charsadda district in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, local media reported. – Photo by Reuters
Relatives gather around the flag-draped casket of a policeman, who was killed in a bomb attack, during a funeral ceremony at the Police Line, or the police's main office, in Charsadda, on the outskirts of Peshawar January 22, 2014. At least seven people were killed and nine others were injured in the explosion near a police mobile van in Sardheri Bazaar in Charsadda district in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, local media reported. – Photo by Reuters
A policeman collects evidence from a police mobile van after it was hit by a bomb blast in Charsadda, on the outskirts of Peshawar January 22, 2014.  – Photo by Reuters
A policeman collects evidence from a police mobile van after it was hit by a bomb blast in Charsadda, on the outskirts of Peshawar January 22, 2014. – Photo by Reuters
A Pakistani rescue services official searches a police vehicle after a bomb attack in Sir Dheri, some 30 kilometres north of the main northwestern city of Peshawar on January 22, 2014. At least seven people were killed in a bomb attack on a police van taking officers to guard polio vaccination teams in restive northwest Pakistan, officials said. – Photo by AFP
A Pakistani rescue services official searches a police vehicle after a bomb attack in Sir Dheri, some 30 kilometres north of the main northwestern city of Peshawar on January 22, 2014. At least seven people were killed in a bomb attack on a police van taking officers to guard polio vaccination teams in restive northwest Pakistan, officials said. – Photo by AFP
A Pakistani health worker, left gives a polio vaccine to a child, who was displaced with his family from Pakistan's tribal areas due to fighting between the Taliban and the army, in a poor neighborhood that hosts people displaced from tribal areas and Afghan refugees, on the outskirts of Islamabad, Pakistan, Wednesday, Jan. 22, 2014. Militants oppose vaccination against polio and consider such campaigns a cover for spying and also claim the vaccine is intended to make Muslim boys sterile. – Photo by AP
A Pakistani health worker, left gives a polio vaccine to a child, who was displaced with his family from Pakistan's tribal areas due to fighting between the Taliban and the army, in a poor neighborhood that hosts people displaced from tribal areas and Afghan refugees, on the outskirts of Islamabad, Pakistan, Wednesday, Jan. 22, 2014. Militants oppose vaccination against polio and consider such campaigns a cover for spying and also claim the vaccine is intended to make Muslim boys sterile. – Photo by AP
A Pakistani volunteer comforts a man whose wife was killed by unknown gunmen in Karachi, Pakistan. – Photo  by AP
A Pakistani volunteer comforts a man whose wife was killed by unknown gunmen in Karachi, Pakistan. – Photo by AP
A Pakistani woman, right, holds her nephew to be vaccinated against polio by Mariam Jabir, 32, while going house to house checking on children who need the vaccine, in Rawalpindi, Pakistan, Tuesday, Jan. 21, 2014. Gunmen in a pair of attacks minutes apart struck two teams of polio workers in the southern city of Karachi, killing three members of the teams and wounding a fourth before fleeing, police said. Police official Pir Mohammad Shah said two female and a male worker were killed in the attacks in Karachi, the
A Pakistani woman, right, holds her nephew to be vaccinated against polio by Mariam Jabir, 32, while going house to house checking on children who need the vaccine, in Rawalpindi, Pakistan, Tuesday, Jan. 21, 2014. Gunmen in a pair of attacks minutes apart struck two teams of polio workers in the southern city of Karachi, killing three members of the teams and wounding a fourth before fleeing, police said. Police official Pir Mohammad Shah said two female and a male worker were killed in the attacks in Karachi, the

Three polio eradication workers, including two women, were shot dead by armed men on motorcycles during a vaccination drive on Tuesday in Qayyumabad, eastern Karachi.

In another attack, at least seven people were killed and nine others were injured in an explosion near a police mobile van which was on its way for security duty for polio immunisation workers in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa's Charsadda district on Wednesday.

The dead included six policemen and a bystander child.

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